Skaha Lake Park, Penticton

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Skaha Lake, historically known as Dog Lake and originally Lac Du Chien, is a freshwater lake located along the course of the Okanagan River in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. It has a surface area of approximately 20 km², with a maximum depth of 55 metres. The lake is situated directly south of Okanagan Lake and forms the southern shoreline and boundary of the city of Penticton, British Columbia. The community of Okanagan Falls is located at its southern end, the community of Kaleden lies in the upland area to its west.History and meaning of name"Labelled "L. du Chien" (Dog Lake) on Anderson Map, 1867; labelled "Du Chien L." on Trutch maps, 1866 and 1871. Origin unknown. Later, Dog became the official name. Changed in 1930 to Skaha "to agree with the local name," states the Chief Geographer. However Okanagan Indians say "skaha" is not their word for dog, but is that of the Shuswaps, and that the local word for dog is chokowapee. (Parham, 40). Another spelling is kaekuwapa. The local meaning of skaha is "horse". (Albert Millar). That is also the meaning in the Nicola dialect. (W. G. Clapperton)."Images
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  • Located in Lake Park, clean the lawn. But even while asleep, feel good. The basketball courts and playground equipment for children. You can even float in the summer family vacations recommendations.
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  • This is a great park. It has a natural play area for kids, walking trails and a beach. The only issue we had with the park was the wind. It was extremely windy during our stay... much more so than in ...  more »
  • Played tennis, went swimming, had a picnic, and made sand castles (kept falling apart) on the beach what more is there to say?  more »
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  • Love this park, I just can't help think it just needs something more. Good activity and recreation area. Some real sketchy people around after 10pm. Worth hanging out on a nice sunny day. Good for Pokémon Go.
  • Well maintained beach for the weekend. You are lost in the beach that you will not know the clock running fast beyond the time you want to spend. Worth spending the day along with the family.
  • Beautiful viwes and nice refreshing water of the lake. Would be nice to have more parking. Nice ice cream shop and even tennis courts available near by the lake.
  • An enjoyable park to sit and read or write under a tree. Maybe have a lunch and go for a swim. Amazing Sushi around the corner at Kojo.
  • My go-to spot every time I visit Penticton. This beach has some great trees for shade and sitting under, and even when it's super busy it rarely feels crowded. Love love it!

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Where to stay in Penticton

Penticton's position between two lakes means that you're likely to enjoy waterfront views no matter where you stay. The town center, on the southern shore of Okanagan Lake, represents the most popular place to stay, with a host of motels and resorts offering views over the water. Head south down Skaha Lake Road--itself littered with accommodations--and you'll find quieter inns and motels offering vistas over the smaller but equally scenic Skaha Lake. Head just out of town along the east shore of Okanagan Lake and you can stay in a bed and breakfast or guesthouse among the region's wineries.
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